Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso

Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso

The Gran Sasso National Laboratory is a laboratory dedicated to researching and studying neutrino and astro-particle physics

The Gran Sasso National Laboratory is a laboratory dedicated to researching and studying neutrino and astro-particle physics. The laboratory was founded in 1951 by a group of researchers from the universities of Rome, Padau, Torino, and Milan. The laboratory is located in L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy.

The labs' research activities are inspired from international competition and collaborations with Italian universities. The research is focused on five areas, namely sub-nuclear physics, astro-particle physics, nuclear physics, theoretical physics, and technological and inter-disciplinary research. More specifically, the Gran Sasso National Laboratory is known for research activities in neutrino physics, dark matter, nuclear astrophysics, earth physics, biology, and fundamental physics.

COVID-19

With the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the laboratory has halted their research in dark matter to study the virus. They have also seen the need for medical ventilators as more coronavirus cases have grown, and the most serious cases cause patients to need assistance with breathing. They have designed a new mechanical ventilator that is meant to be mass-produced and to utilize low-cost components.

The ventilator's design was led by Cristiano Galbiati at Princeton University, as well as some of his colleagues from DarkSide. The ventilator is similar to a design from 1961 from Roger Manley, to be basic but reliable. Named the Mechanical Ventilator Milano, it is compact and requires few parts. They expect prototypes to be ready by March 27-28, 2020.

Timeline

People

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Cristiano Galbiati

Ventilator Designer

Further reading

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About

Mattia Paris

Web

LNGS overview

Mattia Paris

Web

Physicists unveil new simplified ventilator for COVID-19 patients - Physics World

Web

March 27, 2020

Trial set for Italian underground lab chiefs accused of endangering water supplies

Web

May 16, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Gran Sasso National Laboratory

L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy

Nuclear Laboratoy

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